16-year-old cross dangerous Molokai Channel
Californian and 16-year-old Tucker Ingalls made headlines recently when he crossed the dangerous 32-mile channel between Hawaii’s Molokai Island and Oahu as part of the longtime standup paddleboard race Molokai2Oahu. SUP magazine recently posted a Teva video showcasing Ingalls’ crossing, which he made with teammate and big-wave surfer Jamie Sterling. “I’ve crossed the channel one time,” Ingalls told Teva before the race. “My dad did it a few times, and I was on the boat with him. I just remember big waves, open ocean. It was super windy. It is a pretty gnarly channel.” To watch the video, click here. Or click the play button below.
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Skating under a hammer and sickle
It’s not every day that a Soviet-era hammer and sickle serves as the backdrop to your skate shot. Although, if you’re Skateboarder magazine photographer Jonathan Mehring, this happens more often than one would think. In a recent gallery he posted here, the worldly Mehring talks about some of his favorite shots from around the globe, including from such far-flung places as Kazakhstan, Cambodia, and the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Of the photo below, which was shot in 2007 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Mehring writes: “This is taken from our epic Trans-Siberian Railway trip, where we went from Moscow to Beijing and then Shenzhen, China, over the course of two months. Ulaanbaatar is surprisingly good to skate, but we had three cameras stolen there and rocks thrown at us by local kids.”
Photo courtesy Mehring, Skateboarder
Inside the mind of the man who took out Slater
Brazilian surfer Ricardo dos Santos, 22, has been making a name for himself on the ASP World Tour, most recently by taking out 11-time world champ Kelly Slater at the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti. Surfer magazine caught up with the upstart to see what makes him tick, and they asked him about his relationship with surf spot Teahupoo. “I’ve been going to Tahiti for about five or six years now. I can completely recall my first trip there. I was about 16 and it was 10- to 12-foot and I was asking myself if I could really do this, you know?” he told the magazine. “[Pro surfer] Bruce [Irons], [the legendary and late] Andy [Irons], and some of the other big guys were out there, and they were all really charging. I remember just being in awe of Andy out there. So they were charging really hard and no one was killed so I figured I could give it a shot. … I’ve also been smashed on the reef pretty bad every time I go out there. Every single time I hit the reef. I guess you’ve got to bleed if you want to surf Teahupoo.” To read the full interview, click here.
Photo courtesy Surfer, Joli